Speaker profile

Sarah-Jane Dobson

Sarah-Jane Dobson

Partner, Kennedys LLP, UK

Sarah-Jane Dobson is global products lawyer at international law firm Kennedys LLP, where she is a partner in the London office.  

Sarah-Jane acts on regulatory, litigious and policy matters across the full product life cycle in respect of product safety, compliance and product liability issues.  

Whilst her practice is focused on multi-jurisdictional matters for corporate clients across a broad range of sectors, her dual qualification in Science (Biomedical sciences) and Law mean that she is particularly well placed to advise on matters in cosmetics, which is a particular expertise of hers.

She advises on global product launches and market entry due diligence, regulatory challenges and enforcement, regulatory compliance and global product recalls.

Her product liability and litigation work includes managing large portfolios of international product liability claims, advising companies subject to criminal investigations relating to product safety, advising on inquests, public inquiries, judicial reviews and anti-competitive practices and advertising.

Her policy work has focused on assisting client’s responding to legislative change, including Brexit, change of regimes and new legislation. She has advised client’s in respect of submissions to law makers in respect of proposed change. She has also assisted clients draft internal policies in respect of product safety, compliance and liability. 

Sarah-Jane has been involved in some of the most prominent international product safety and litigation matters, including handling the largest global product recalls, product launches, acting in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and representing a company in respect of a prominent unprecedented criminal investigation under product safety laws in the EU.

She has worked in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia and the US. She has French and German language skills.

Sarah-Jane regularly contributes to prominent publications and key thought-leadership initiatives in her field, including Thomson Reuters Practical Law, Chambers & Partners, and Lexology (getting the deal through). She also an active member and in leadership roles in peak industry bodies, including on DRI’s product liability steering committee.

Sarah-Jane has received many accolades and is routinely recognised as a market-leading practitioner in international products law.